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Can anyone talk me out of getting a new bike?

Old 02-18-14, 11:40 PM
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Can anyone talk me out of getting a new bike?

About to drop a few thousand$ on a new Trek Domane 6 series P1 with Ultegra 6800 11 speed.

Getting a great deal and paying about the same as a the price I would get on a Roubaix Expert and not much more than a Giant Defy Advanced 1.
Would need to add $800+ to those two bikes to match the much lighter Race-lite wheels and tubeless tires on the Trek.

Springtime is coming quick and I'm really looking forward to riding.

Love the way the Domane rides and looks. It is a great fit for me.

Currently have an old heavy no-name box-store steel bike that is creaking everywhere and starting to skip gears/teeth.

Have the cash set aside.

Any reason not to go ahead? (Irrational Trek-haters need not comment and will be happily ignored )
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Old 02-18-14, 11:54 PM
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do what you want. you like it, you can afford it, supposedly, your old bike sucks, allegedly, so just buy it. or don't.
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Old 02-19-14, 01:03 AM
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Wife?
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Old 02-19-14, 01:18 AM
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There is nothing like new gear to get you on the saddle, so if it inspires you to ride more, buy it. I see a bike as a gym on wheels and you cant put a price on good health and fitness. Riding a bike is probably the most fun way to get a work out (well, I can think of another). The Trek will be light years ahead of your no-name steel bike in terms of technology and performance. Not going to talk you out of it.
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Old 02-19-14, 01:35 AM
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Save your money and start running.
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Old 02-19-14, 01:40 AM
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I'll give it 2 shots:


#1



#2

This is you:



This is us. Every. Damn. Day:



You're welcome.
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Old 02-19-14, 02:17 AM
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Kanto-- love it!

OP: you are going to truly love your new bike. It will usher in a new era in your life*, inspire you to new heights as you and you sweet new steed (stallion?) ride each other hard and put each other away wet. I predict a union of man and machine that transcends known physics in an unlikely blur of sheer wattage.

..... until it asplodes.


*side effects may include euphoria, energy, pep, vim AND vigor, a bounce in the step, erectile greatfortune, and clearer vision.
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Old 02-19-14, 02:51 AM
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Don't think... just buy it.
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Old 02-19-14, 05:22 AM
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You only live once! Life is too short to ride an ugly bike, go for it. My new Domane P1 arrived last fall and I love it. It is my second Domane and comfort is hard to best. Di2 is fantastic. Enjoy.
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Old 02-19-14, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by chasingthewind View Post
About to drop a few thousand$ on a new Trek Domane 6 series P1 with Ultegra 6800 11 speed.

Getting a great deal and paying about the same as a the price I would get on a Roubaix Expert and not much more than a Giant Defy Advanced 1.
Would need to add $800+ to those two bikes to match the much lighter Race-lite wheels and tubeless tires on the Trek.

Springtime is coming quick and I'm really looking forward to riding.

Love the way the Domane rides and looks. It is a great fit for me.

Currently have an old heavy no-name box-store steel bike that is creaking everywhere and starting to skip gears/teeth.

Have the cash set aside.

Any reason not to go ahead? (Irrational Trek-haters need not comment and will be happily ignored )
It mostly depends on your financial situation. If you can afford to spend "few thousand" for recreation, go for it.
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Old 02-19-14, 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by chasingthewind View Post
About to drop a few thousand$ on a new Trek Domane 6 series P1 with Ultegra 6800 11 speed.

Getting a great deal and paying about the same as a the price I would get on a Roubaix Expert and not much more than a Giant Defy Advanced 1.
Would need to add $800+ to those two bikes to match the much lighter Race-lite wheels and tubeless tires on the Trek.

Springtime is coming quick and I'm really looking forward to riding.

Love the way the Domane rides and looks. It is a great fit for me.

Currently have an old heavy no-name box-store steel bike that is creaking everywhere and starting to skip gears/teeth.

Have the cash set aside.

Any reason not to go ahead? (Irrational Trek-haters need not comment and will be happily ignored )
To me, the most notable counterpoint is, think of all the starving people in Africa.
Other than that, I say go for it.
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Old 02-19-14, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
To me, the most notable counterpoint is, think of all the starving people in Africa.
Other than that, I say go for it.
See, I think of the fact that you will get 93.2% of the improvement going to an Aluminum Sora bike for probably $800, so any more than that is simply conspicuous consumption. Or waste. Or money pissed away. Or one less hooker and a lot less blow.
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Old 02-19-14, 06:50 AM
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Sure, are you at least a Cat 2?? Then you have no business buying that bike Mr.!! You don't see any jokers jumping into Formula 1 cars after getting their license?
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Old 02-19-14, 07:07 AM
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Your old high school gym teacher?
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Old 02-19-14, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
To me, the most notable counterpoint is, think of all the starving people in Africa.
Other than that, I say go for it.
Donate $134 to World Bike Relief ( provides one bike) and you're covered from a Karma point of view.

https://www.worldbicyclerelief.org
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Old 02-19-14, 07:49 AM
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I spend enough time in the saddle to justify the cost. It's a ton of money for me but I spend more time cycling than I do in my car.
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Old 02-19-14, 08:31 AM
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Buy it.

You need to be smart with your money. But you also need to remember that the longer you wait to enjoy things, the closer you are to having someone change your Depends and feeding you creamed turkey in a nursing home. If it will make you happy and you can still pay your light bill, get the thing and don't fuss over it.

My dad was a huge tightwad and never bought himself anything really nice. When he did buy something it was always the bare minimum to accomplish whatever it was he was doing.

Then he died of a stroke at 57. I'm not saying you're going to keel over any time soon, but this is a zero sum game here. Either pay for your prescription donut hole and word search of the month club when you're 75, or buy a Domane.
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Old 02-19-14, 08:55 AM
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To echo only a few other comments...

It sounds like the old bike is a bit of a clunker, so a new bike can very likely be justified.

However, you don't need to spend huge sums on a new bike. A $2000 bike will ride just as well as a $5000 bike. Use the extra cash to go on vacation.
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On a serious note:

With a user name like "chasingthewind", you are obviously too slow for such a bike. Any worthwhile cyclists creates a perpetual headwind, so without a screen name like "batteredbywind" or "fasterthanwind", you clearly are unworthy.

Sorry, but no matter how painful, the truth will out.
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Old 02-19-14, 09:19 AM
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That sounds like a good deal and its a really nice bike. The only thing worth considering is Di2 instead of 11 speeds - separate advantages to both
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Old 02-19-14, 09:25 AM
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.... Life is too short to ride an ugly bike...
+1 All things considered... it's better to ride anything than to not bicycle at all. But all things considered:
Life is too short to ride an ugly bike
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If I were you I'd go Dura Ace though and get yourself a nice pair of Zipps! No worth in riding a made in USA frame with made in taiwan wheels! Common.. Made in USA all tha' way. 'MURICA
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If I were you I'd go Dura Ace though and get yourself a nice pair of Zipps! No worth in riding a made in USA frame with made in taiwan wheels! Common.. Made in USA all tha' way. 'MURICA
Domanes are not American made. Only Madone 6 and 7 series are US made. All others Asia.
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Yes I can give you a reason, your new bike will give you gonorrsyphilherpes. But seriously if I had the money set aside and my eye on the bike already, I'd pull the trigger.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
That sounds like a good deal and its a really nice bike. The only thing worth considering is Di2 instead of 11 speeds - separate advantages to both
Di2 is 11 speed now for both DA and Ultegra.
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